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New garden spot sought

The City of Guelph is looking for a new spot for a community garden, and they need your help.

Residents are encouraged to send in photos and include the nearest intersection or location name for the suggested plot. The city is taking submissions on Facebook or by mail.

There are some rules, though, for where these gardens may be.

The city’s webpage lists that the area needs six or more hours of sunlight daily.

There must also be suitable soil quality and drainage, with the garden away from trees – big or small. In addition, there must be available water from a water chamber tap or cistern and no interference with drainage or maintenance.

The location should be relatively flat and cannot be in use for something else, such as a soccer field.

These parcels of land are created for residents who do not have suitable yard space to grow their own vegetables and flowers.

The idea behind public gardens is to promote healthy lifestyles, social interactions and learning opportunities. Residents share in the work and rewards of its success with fresh foods and flowers.

Location suggestions must be received by Oct. 31 online or by mail.

Mail-in suggestions can be sent to Community Engagement, Community and Social Services, City of Guelph at 1 Carden St., Guelph ON N1H 3A1.

For a list of existing community gardens in the city, visit the Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table website at

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